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Cocktail Recipe Books

Whilst cocktails have been around since the mid-1880s (probably) I've always associate them with flappers from the American 1920s, or a touch of Noel Coward upper-snootiness of the 1930s. A Brief Compendium of Vintage Cocktail Recipe Books is a tantalising display of those wild and wonderful times that only really existed for a select wealthy few and those that went to the movies. Don't just look lovingly at the covers, beneath each is a "Browse inside this book here" link ... get your flapper gear on, pop on the penguin suit, and Charleston the evening away with a Naughty Nellie in your hand. Browse inside this book here.


I've never heard of this but there it is in glorious technicolour so I assume it is real. Anyone go on a KiwiWalk, and/or know what happened to this initiative?

Sunset Of The Heart

Golden spring sunset, lovely eh.

"I Love Houses"

Graffiti is getting very specific and probably even helpful. ✅ Monobrow ✅ Moustache ✅ Appropriate speech bubble

Lick Ya Lips

A mates dog I looked after in late 2018 was such a cutey, and this photo is wicked.

Time Team Is Back

There were many shows that helped me through the trials of 2020 and the old shows that Time Team put up on YouTube was very much amongst them. Time Team (v1) finished in 2014 after a massively successful 20 years on UK TV. They then popped up their official YouTube channel and started uploading old episodes every week - was such a warm and duvet moment to snuggle in and watch the latest release, especially those with Mick and Phil. I was obviously not the only one doing this as quite quickly the creator of Time Team started popping in talking about how they were thinking of reviving the show. And then there was a Patreon page . And then there were announcements of targets being met. And then it was all on. Old faces signed back up, new faces were introduced, and suddenly Time Team is back! They are digging and if you're a Patreon person you get to see it live, vote on where to put a trench, and much more. I'm not a Patreon peron so imagine my surprise to see the following po

Climate Change, What Can I Do

Rain And Wind At The Football

 Strong wind pushing the rain up and out of the Wellington Stadium during a weekend Phoenix game.

That's A Camera

Show off.

Who Loses One Shoe?

As I wander through life I often see one lost shoe, a scarf wrapped around a bin, or a glove up a tree. Who loses one shoe?

Something Rhymes with Purple podcast

If the English language, the words therein, and the stories behind them are your thing then Something Rhymes with Purple is for you. Mind you if you're into name dropping, some slightly 'naughty' comments, and a voice that oozes syrup then this is also the podcast for you. Susie Dent , the queen of Dictionary Corner in both Countdown (legit version), and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (dodgy funny version), is a delight to listen to. Of course she knows the history and origins of all the words but she also has a lovely calm and clear way about her. And she knows where all the best swear words come from. Gyles Brandreth is quite the force and there's no-one he doesn't know or at least have a story about. I love his curiosity and how he asks, "Where did that come from?" for every word, even the ones that are "boring" / "everyday" before they whizz on by. I'd be very happy to say I use the 3 words of the week from Susie. I don